More than a month after his arrest in May, specialist Bradley Manning, who has allegedly leaked a video of a U.S. helicopter strike in Iraq and other classified materials to controversial document publisher Wikileaks, has been charged.
The Register reports that Manning was on July 5 charged with two offenses against the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The first charge, under UCMJ Article 92, is that Manning put classified data on his personal computer and put unauthorized software onto a classified computer system. The second charge is that he committed a variety of offenses under UCMJ article 134, including, according to The Register:
“communicating, transmitting and delivering national defense information to an unauthorized source”; “disclosing classified information concerning the national defense with reason to believe that the information could cause injury to the United States” and “exceeding authorized computer access to obtain classified information”.
On Twitter, WikiLeaks has responded to the news of the charges against Mannning:
More Manning material:
• Help Bradley Manning has the press release and documents related to the charges against Manning. The press release can also be viewed here.
• Glenn Greenwald of Salon has called into question the ethics behind Wired‘s initial report of Manning’s release.